Rhonda Pearlman:
Judging Love, Lust, and Professionalism
Kathryn Dillin
From "Mission Accomplished," 3.12 The Wire.
Love Life and Career Progression
hile Rhonda Pearlman strikes viewers as
one of the few strong, feminine, female
characters of The Wire (Brown 453), it’s
difficult to overlook the obvious reality of her unstable
and pitiful personal life early on. Viewers easily identify
Pearlman as the ambitious and talented assistant
state’s attorney of the series but, perhaps, have
difficulty taking her character seriously as they watch
her love life border on self-destruction with her lover,
Jimmy McNulty. After the first few seasons, however,
an active relationship between Pearlman’s personal
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